Anti-bedroom tax campaigners claim victory after Walkden eviction reprieve

Protestors make their point outside Vicky Wreschak’s home

Protestors make their point outside Vicky Wreschak’s home

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

ANTI-BEDROOM tax campaigners are hailing victory after a Walkden tenant was given a last-minute reprieve from eviction.

Protestors from across Greater Manchester swarmed Vicky Wreschak’s home in Grosvenor Drive ready to face off bailiffs who had been ordered to evict the mum over unpaid rent.

But following a court appearance and legal representation from homeless charity Shelter, Ms Wreschak has now been given four weeks to pay the £3,375.83 she owes to her landlord, City West.

The campaigners say that she was pushed further into debt by the under-occupancy charge, which saw her lose a portion of her benefits because she has a spare bedroom.

Ms Wreschak was in court while the protestors picketed outside her home yesterday morning.

News that she would not be evicted was welcomed with cheers. Mark Krantz of the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation for Greater Manchester said protestors had set an important precedent in their willingness to fight for cases like that of Ms Wreschak.

He said: “I couldn’t sleep last night out of worry, and it’s not even my home.

“I really think City West should hang their heads in shame that they weren’t able to find a solution before we had to take this massive protest.

“They were prepared to send a vulnerable woman into destitution.”

The campaigners claim Ms Wreschak was not informed by City West that she could apply for discretionary housing payments, and that she did not have a lawyer with her when the notice for bailiffs was decided in court on Wednesday.

After Thursday’s decision, she now has a month to work with City West to find a way to clear her debts.

A spokesman for City West housing association said: “While we cannot discuss individual customer circumstances, we can confirm that this case is not directly related to non-payment of the bedroom tax. “Eviction proceedings are always an absolute last resort for City West, and we take every possible step to ensure that all of our customers are aware of the full range of support and advice services available to them.

“We are fully committed to helping customers who are affected by the Government’s welfare reforms, and last year we spent in excess of £500,000 to support customers through the changes.”

See video of the incident at theboltonnews.co.uk

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7:31pm Thu 10 Apr 14

JustBecause says...

The average the "tax" costs is £16 a week, so how did she manage to get so far in debt, she would have to pay her rent short for 210 weeks..

The fact is she hasn't been paying rent and owes the landlord over 3 grand.

So what's this got to do with the so called bedroom tax?
The average the "tax" costs is £16 a week, so how did she manage to get so far in debt, she would have to pay her rent short for 210 weeks.. The fact is she hasn't been paying rent and owes the landlord over 3 grand. So what's this got to do with the so called bedroom tax? JustBecause
  • Score: 10

7:42pm Thu 10 Apr 14

mr.mark.c says...

So (not counting the 'Tax') she was given housing benefit and she has spent it rather than hand it over to the landlord ?
Stick her in a bedsit and give an honest family the house.
So (not counting the 'Tax') she was given housing benefit and she has spent it rather than hand it over to the landlord ? Stick her in a bedsit and give an honest family the house. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

9:46pm Thu 10 Apr 14

cosmicma says...

bedroom tax arrears would have very little to do with that kind of arrears it looks more like she hasn't bothered paying rent at all for the last 7/8 months

no wonder eviction proceedings was started
bedroom tax arrears would have very little to do with that kind of arrears it looks more like she hasn't bothered paying rent at all for the last 7/8 months no wonder eviction proceedings was started cosmicma
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11:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Citizen Cane says...

Is there no end to the selfishness of these social housing tenants? First, they deprive other needy people of scarce social housing space and second they are no better than tax evaders by not paying. It's disgusting anti social behaviour dressed-up as a crusade


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Is there no end to the selfishness of these social housing tenants? First, they deprive other needy people of scarce social housing space and second they are no better than tax evaders by not paying. It's disgusting anti social behaviour dressed-up as a crusade . Citizen Cane
  • Score: -4

11:28am Fri 11 Apr 14

Susan Wardle says...

JustBecause wrote:
The average the "tax" costs is £16 a week, so how did she manage to get so far in debt, she would have to pay her rent short for 210 weeks..

The fact is she hasn't been paying rent and owes the landlord over 3 grand.

So what's this got to do with the so called bedroom tax?
I think the answer is:very little. This woman and her problem are being used by the AntiBedroom Tax campaign and yesterday's outcome in court is being held up as a victory for the campaign. This is a little less than honest and does the movement to get rid of the dreadful Bedroom Tax no favours.
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: The average the "tax" costs is £16 a week, so how did she manage to get so far in debt, she would have to pay her rent short for 210 weeks.. The fact is she hasn't been paying rent and owes the landlord over 3 grand. So what's this got to do with the so called bedroom tax?[/p][/quote]I think the answer is:very little. This woman and her problem are being used by the AntiBedroom Tax campaign and yesterday's outcome in court is being held up as a victory for the campaign. This is a little less than honest and does the movement to get rid of the dreadful Bedroom Tax no favours. Susan Wardle
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Changing times says...

She didn't pay her rent so was being evicted, can't see the story here.

If she can't afford to pay for the number of bedrooms she has .... Move
She didn't pay her rent so was being evicted, can't see the story here. If she can't afford to pay for the number of bedrooms she has .... Move Changing times
  • Score: -2

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